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Band Camp is officially in the books. All the blood, sweat and tears(well at least sweat) have really paid off. This year's show is going to be fantastic! Great things to come for the HHS Band. GBR!!
Next year's Band Boosters Board openings:
Start your wheels turning about next year's openings on the Band Boosters Board. If you even remotely think you might be interested in filling one of these positions next year, please let Kelly Parrish know (firstname.lastname@example.org). What a great opportunity to go ahead and get hooked up with the current board members and get a jump start on learning the ropes. It's such a fun way to get involved and meet other likeminded, crazy about band, parents. Next year we will have vacancies in the following positions:
Program Maker-"work from home"
Newsletter-"work from home"
Uniform coordinator-one vacancy
Want more band merch?
If you would like to order band merch, the store on SquadLocker has been opened to allow you to order your own merchandise. Click the link below to shop:
We are kicking off our calendar fundraiser early! Go ahead and start sharing your calendar with friends, family, and neighbors to get those donations in! The calendar fundraiser is super easy and everyone can participate with donations ranging from $1 to $31. If you fill up the calendar, the band profits $496 and we will award each student who fills up their calendar with a $25 gift card!! How does it work? When someone picks the 10th on the calendar, they donate $10 to the band and you X off that date on your calendar and fill out the back of form with their name and payment information. They can pay with cash, check, or Venmo. At the end of August, turn in your form and any cash or checks into the band box. It's that simple!
Click link below to print out a calendar
We can begin taking pre-orders for our Boston Butt fundraiser now through October 24. Chuckwagon will be providing our butts this year and pick up will be on November 4 in front of the Freshman Academy from 9-11. You can use the attached flier to begin taking orders. Please attach money to order form before putting in band box. If using Venmo, please include name of buyer, name of band student, and boston butt in the memo line.
Click the link below to access the order form
Schedule for the week
Monday- Marching Band Rehearsal 6-9 pm
Tuesday- Individual band pictures 2-4 pm. Marching Band Rehearsal 6-8:30 pm. We will dismiss at 8:30 pm since school starts Wednesday
Wednesday- First day of school. Bring your CONCERT instrument!
Thursday- Marching band 4-6 pm
Band Pictures on Tuesday for marching band students
Pictures will be set up in the band room between 2-4 pm. You can drop in and get your picture taken - no need to stay the entire time. You will need your FULL MARCHING UNIFORM and Instrument! Reminder there is rehearsal this same evening from 6-8:30 pm. These pictures are for our group photo (see band hallway) and you will also be able to purchase these from the photographer if you like once the proof has been given to you. Questions? Email Kelly Parrish - email@example.com
1st day of school announcements
Our goal is to make sure our new members are comfortable on the first day of school at Huntsville High. Each new member has a big brother/sister as a resource to ask any question about HHS they would like. Most students have taken multiple tours of the school. If you have any questions, please ask!
Before school: All HHS Students must enter through the Freshman academy entrances and go through a weapons detector. These devices detect specific weapons and are not "metal detectors" so this should not impact your ability to take an instrument through these devices. You must carry laptops in your hand and avoid 3 ring binders. Normally these checks go very quickly, but anticipate some lines the first few days until all the new students get acclimated to the procedures. You generally can start going through these at 8:00 am.
You will be able to put your instrument in the band room before school and pick it up after school.
Schedules: Every student will receive a new schedule on the first day - hopefully with any corrections you requested. Even if the schedule is wrong, you must follow your incorrect schedule until it gets fixed.
During School: Bring your concert instrument the first day and be ready to play!
Lunches - Lunch is with your 3rd block class each day. You must go to your class before lunch. Band students in 3rd block will eat 1st lunch in the main cafeteria.
B Day Band Classes - Marching Band classes are on B days. During these days we might be outside during your class period. You will have time to change into athletic clothing to go outside. We use the large restrooms in the lobby and the theater dressing rooms. You will have time to change out after class. You may want to treat this like a pe class and have a couple of pairs of athletic clothes in your band cubby and take it home on the weekend to be washed. You may also want to change clothes for after school rehearsal.
WATER!!!! Please continue to hydrate during the school day and bring water to rehearsal after school and during class for marching band students. It will still be very hot!!!
Community pep rally
The school announced yesterday that there will be an evening pep rally on Thursday, August 31st at 7:00 pm. This is the night before the first game. Please add this to your calendar. More information as we get closer.
London Connection! (updated 7/29)
Next payment of $800 is due by September 1st (do not use Venmo for this payment - it will overload our account!) Easiest way to pay is by check to the band box! September 1st is the last day you can added tol be guaranteed the current price of the trip. It is also the deadline for declaring full program or land only.
If you do not have your passport in hand or have not submitted your papers for your passport, do it now! If you do not have your passport in time, this is not covered by insurance and you will not be able to go!
You may have seen in recent news that the European Union has passed an additional tax for visitors starting in 2024. This will not impact our standard trip since we are traveling into London in 2023 and England is not part of the EU. However, if you are doing the land only option and extending your trip to other locations beyond the scheduled date, you may need to additional research and paperwork on this. See this website: https://travel-europe.europa.eu/etias_en
Important Forms and Deadlines:
Passport/Traveler information form (to be filled out separately by each traveler) - Due September 1st
Room mate request and supervision form (to be filled out separately by each traveler) - Due September 15th
Instrument Information form (to be filled out by students only with the assistance of family. Color Guard does not need to fill this out) - Due October 1st.
Click here to access the London google drive with information on the trip.
Click here to see an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). (updated 7/22)
BIG LONDON TRIP MEETING
The London trip meeting will be Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 pm in the HHS Band room or auditorium. Plan for a 2 hour+ meeting and we need EVERY traveler going on the trip at this meeting. We will discuss everything you need to know! Attendance includes extended family going on the trip!
Our parent trip coordinator for London is Karen Hansberger. She has an amazing team of parents helping her. If you have specific questions about the trip as we get closer, she will be a great resource. She will also be helping collect rooming lists, passport copies, bus lists, shipping documents, and more. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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